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Daily Wire Tip Jan. 1: Coating Wire and Polishing Pliers
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
January 01, 2010
In the resource center it mentions “To prevent that discoloration, copper jewelry is often coated with a clear protective surface, such as an acrylic, but the coating eventually wears away.” How would a person coat the wire without coating any stone or bead used in the design and with what kind of acrylic?
Also, the resource states that in order not to scratch the wire the edges of the pliers should be gently filed then, “Make sure all surfaces are polished for a very smooth surface.” How and with what do you polish the jaws of the pliers?
Thanks for taking the time to read through our resources! To answer your first question, as far as I know there is no way to coat ‘just’ the wire. If you were to coat the wire before creating the coating would come off during the design process. Most folks who use a substance like this choose a spray and suspend their finished item to enable a complete coating.
As for pliers, personally I like and need a good sharp edge as long as it has no burrs! To remove burrs you can just use a diamond file and to polish and finish use a ‘closed coat’, Aluminum Oxide or Silicon Carbide, 400 to 600 super fine grit sandpaper and then finish with steel wool.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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